Brighton quartet As It Is have released a chilling and intense new music video for “The Reaper,” the band heaviest and darkest cut to date.

The song features guest vocals from Aaron Gillespie of Underoath fame, who also makes an appearance in the horror-inspired music video. The band has also announced a run of headline dates for January and February 2019, where they will finally bring The Great Depression era live to U.S. stages.

“The Reaper” is taken from the latest album, The Great Depression, released earlier this year via Fearless Records. The album also features the singles “The Wounded World,” “The Stigma (Boys Don’t Cry)” and “The Fire, The Dark.”

“‘The Reaper’ is the moment in the record’s narrative where The Poet becomes so desensitized to the concept of death, that death appears and manifests before him, offering an ‘escape’ — not in a malicious way, but as a means of release from the pain The Poet is feeling,” said guitarist Ben Langford-Biss. “It was one of the most crucial and challenging moments in the narrative, and it was the last one that came together – lyrically and musically.”

He continued, “To confer these themes of turmoil and conflict, the sort of inner claustrophobia The Poet is experiencing, we wanted the video to be gritty and dark. We ended up taking visual influence from some of our favourite horror movies and TV series, and our director Zak Pinchin really clicked with what we were trying to get across. The video shows each of us waking up trapped in rooms, each room representing one of the four stages of grief that the record is chaptered into: denial, anger, bargaining, and acceptance. Each of us faces off with death in some respect —whether that be in a literal or metaphysical sense, and there is an external antagonist controlling the events in the rooms, forcing us to face our fears, our grief, or even ourselves.  We were super excited that Aaron Gillespie was able to be a part of the video, to play the part of this puppeteer/antagonist!”

He finished, “Both the song and the video are so different to anything we’ve done before, and we’re so fortunate that our fans have embraced the darker and heavier side of our band and our constant desire to progress in new directions.”

The band will kick off its U.S. tour on January 17 in Los Angeles, CA.  “We just cannot wait to finally bring this album to life on stage when we finally start touring The Great Depression era this week: first in Japan, and then in Europe and UK , which culminates in our biggest headline show to date at the London Forum on December 1, and then we’ll be returning to the U.S. in early 2019 for our first time since Warped Tour! There’s so much more to come from this chapter of our band and we are only just getting started,” the guitarist enthused.

For tickets and more info, visit here. Dates are below.

THE GREAT DEPRESSION TRACK LISTING:
Stage I: Denial

1. The Great Depression
2. The Wounded World
3. The Fire, The Dark

Stage II: Anger
4. The Stigma (Boys Don’t Cry)
5. The Handwritten Letter
6. The Question, The Answer

Stage III: Bargaining
7. The Reaper (ft. Aaron Gillespie)
8. The Two Tongues (Screaming Salvation)
9. The Truth I’ll Never Tell

Stage IV: Acceptance
10. The Haunting
11. The Hurt, The Hope
12. The End.

THE GREAT DEPRESSION TOUR ACT II: N. AMERICA
1/17 —  Los Angeles, CA — Teragram Ballroom
1/18 —  Camarillo, CA — Rock City Studios
1/19 —  San Diego, CA — SOMA
1/20 —  Mesa, AZ — Club Red
1/22 —  Albuquerque, NM — Launchpad
1/24 —  Oklahoma City, OK — 89th Street OKC
1/25 —  San Antonio, TX — Jack’s Bar & Live Music Venue
1/27 —  Houston, TX — The Secret Group
1/29 —  Dallas, TX — The Prophet Bar
1/31 —  Nashville, TN — The End
2/1 —  Atlanta, GA   Masquerade
2/2 —  Tampa, FL — Crowbar
2/3 —  Orlando, FL — The Social
2/5 —  Chapel Hill, NC — Local 506
2/6 —  Richmond, VA — Canal Club
2/7 —  Philadelphia, PA — Voltage Lounge
2/9 —  Asbury Park, NJ — House of Independents
2/10 —  Cambridge, MA — Middle East
2/11 —  Toronto, Canada — Velvet Underground
2/13 —  Grand Rapids, MI — The Stache at the Intersection
2/14 —  Columbus, OH — Woodlands Tavern
2/15 —  Chicago, IL — Subterranean
2/16 —  St. Louis, MO — Fubar
2/17 —  Kansas City, MO — Encore at The Uptown Theater
2/19 —  Denver, CO —  Hi-Dive
2/20 —  Salt Lake City, UT — Loading Dock
2/21 —  Las Vegas, NV — Vinyl at Hard Rock Las Vegas
2/22 —  Anaheim, CA — Chain Reaction